According to separate studies by the Cato Institute and The Sentencing Project, increased numbers of immigrants in the US may contribute to a monumental decline in crime rates.
The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice group focused on advocacy, reported that “foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens.”
The libertarian think-tank Cato Institute, similarly, analyzed incarceration rates based off gender and migratory status. Their findings concluded that “[I]mmigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives relative to their shares of the population.”
The findings contradict Donald Trump’s statements on his campaign trail that poised immigrants as an increased risk to security, from having said “they’re bringing crime,” to proposing a shut-down on Muslim immigration.
His accusations have materialized into a proposed registry of crimes committed by foreign-nationals and immigrants as well as two travel bans issued against seven Muslim-majority countries in January and in March.
His 2018 budget request included the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) budget would grow by $3 billion to fund his proposed border wall and executive orders on immigration.